Best Gustave Flaubert Quotes

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.

The faster the word sticks to the thought, the more beautiful is the effect.

Madame Bovary is myself.

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.

Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Read in order to live.

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.

Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.

Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.

Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution.

One mustn't look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.

I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.

Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.

It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.

A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.

Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.

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